Corrugated ribbing

It’s my new favourite thing – corrugated ribbing.

I’ve been meaning to try it for ages. The knit and purl stitches are each worked in a different colour, giving a lovely vertical stripe to the fabric.

On my first attempt I kept the yarn for the purl stitches in front and the yarn for the knit stitches in the back. Turns out that’s how you do double knitting (the kind where you end up with a two-layered fabric), not corrugated ribbing!

The correct way, I discovered, is:

  • Cast on required number of stitches, using either colour or alternating between colours A and B (my ‘go-to’ cast on is a cable cast on)
  • Using colour A, knit 1 (or 2, or 3, depending on whether you want a 1×1, 2×2 or 3×3 rib)
  • Using colour B, purl 1 (or 2 or 3 as above)
  • Repeat as required

And here’s the important bit: Keep both yarns at the back when they are not in use.

Corrugated ribbing

The ribbing is lovely and neat, quite firm and not particularly elastic.

The wrong side is pretty too, if you like the wrong side of stranded knitting, which I do.

Corrugated ribbing wrong side


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